Have you checked the calendar lately? It’s October! And there’s a special feeling in the air. The feeling of NBA action!
Yes, that time is almost upon us. While we’re waiting, let’s embark on a journey to preview each and every team in the association.
Just so we’re clear, we won’t make any promises about how we’ll treat your beloved franchise. We may praise them. We may mock them. Just be certain that we will preview them in some sort or fashion.
So let’s kick things off with the Sacramento Kings. Shall we?
How did they fare last season?: Not very well. The Kings finished a dismal 17-65. For their efforts they were awarded the last place trophy in the Pacific Division, the Western Conference and the NBA. Lofty feat.
The suckers who were fooled into joining this offseason: Tyreke Evans (4th pick in the draft), Omir Casspi (23rd pick in the draft), Jon Brockman (38th pick in the draft), Sergio Rodriguez, Sean May, Desmond Mason, and new head coach, Paul Westphal
The guys that are thrilled to no longer be a King: Ike Diogu, Cedric Simmons, and former head coach Reggie Theus. Though I’m sure Theus would love to be a head coach in the league, he has to be happy to get away from this mess. Not that his new mess is any better than his old one.
Who should be the starting five?
C Spencer Hawes
PF Jason Thompson
SF Andres Nocioni
SG Kevin Martin
PG Tyreke Evans
The outlook for the season: The outlook for the Kings this season is bad. That was guaranteed when they were denied of the chance by the lottery Gods of drating Blake Griffin. Wait. Scratch that. It has now gone from bad to worse as they have now lost Francisco Garcia for at least 4 months after surgery to fix a fracture in his forearm and a damaged wrist.
The Kings are putting together a young core of players, but if you’re a Kings fan you will need to be patient because it will take time. They’ll score points. They’ll be exciting (at times). They’ll just lose a lot of games. So just go into the season expecting losses and everything will work out fine.
And try to keep your sense of humor about it all. The players sure will.